Helping out in the SCDA community kitchen

I love finding out more about the projects in the Grow Cook Eat Network and learning about how they work.

Last month I offered to help out in the SCDA community kitchen. It happened to be one of the hottest days of the year!

The sun didn’t keep the regular volunteers away – Cat, Nancy and Brian were there ready to make meals from mainly surplus vegetables for the community supermarkets in Newhaven and Peacehaven. They also have a good stock of long life foods to choose from. The chefs get straight to work deciding what to make that day with the ingredients they have.

The volunteers use the Denton Island community kitchen every Wednesday to make 100 portions of healthy meals which are individually frozen for people to take from the community supermarket. More meals are made on two other days to provide at least 300 meals every week.

On the day I visited, the menu was pasta in tomato and vegetable sauce and vegetable chilli with rice. I helped by making a large vegan banana cake which was served with hot drinks at the community supermarket the next day.

If you’re interested in volunteering in the kitchen or at the community supermarket, please contact Emily Clarke –

To find out more about how the community supermarket works and the impact it is having, you’ll find an evaluation report on the LDFP website:

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